An EVELO electric bike arrived at our store on Tuesday, looking like our FedEx team had been test dropping the box! Though the battery casing was cracked open, we were impressed with how easy it was to assemble the bike. Taking the opportunity of the cracked case, we ended up taking it apart and examining the inside. More on that discovery in a bit.
The bike PHEW! received was the EVELO Aurora with a NuVinci N360 hub. Our initial around-the-block test ride was positive; the pickup impressive.
Later today, I’ll be taking this bike for a longer ride along the hills of Mt Airy. Look for a report on Friday.
Back to our discovery on the EVELO battery… Opening the battery case for the EVELO Aurora was an easy task since it was nicely secured with 5 screws. If you already own an EVELO, we do not recommend opening the battery case yourself as it would void your warranty! Inside, we found lithium batteries weighing just 8 pounds. The battery cells looked unharmed. We were impressed with the packaging of the battery cells.
Rechargeable batteries power all electric bikes, and eventually need replacing, just like the batteries in cell phones. Often, it’s hard to find replacement batteries. With the modular packaging of the EVELO batteries, when the time comes, we should have many options for replacement cells. EVELO currently provides an 18 month warranty on their battery packs.